(Yukon Quest #3)
I really enjoy Tracie Peterson’s writing. Her character development is superb, her characters full of depth and personality, and the plot always fast moving and interesting. This book is no exception.
Separated from her travel companions and presumed dead, Miranda Colton finds herself under the care of Teddy Davenport, a studious botanist from England. THough grateful for his provision, Miranda longs to find her friends and continue north to the gold fields. But she fears that her chances are diminishing with each passing day. Teddy is deeply committed to his research of the unique landscape of the rugged Yukon frontier. But despite his intentions, Miranda’s patience awakens a deep tenderness in his character. As a friendship with Teddy blossoms, Miranda struggles inwardly with her earlier dreams. Then a menacing force from the past threatens to destroy everything she holds dear…. (c) book jacket, Rivers of Gold, Peterson
I’m noticing a trend in Christian historical fiction which is unsettling and welcomed at the same time. Unlike past novels where everything is “happily ever after” when the leading lady meets her “knight in shining armor” and her problems are all solved, this novel does not end that way. Instead, the main character is still dissatisfied until her own dreams are met. While I applaud this change in creating strong female characters who are not willing to give up their dreams and desires for a man, at the same time I feel almost cheated. Can’t I hide in the dream world where I will be eventually rescued by my knight? (tongue in cheek)
I also found it very interesting that the career of our main male character is not a traditional one of ranching or gold mining, instead it is an educated profession of botany. I think this adds a fresh element to the novel as well.
I am certain you will enjoy this wonderful story of life in the rugged west during the gold rush era.
(Yukon Quest #3)